That’s right, California’s Emergency Management Agency (Cal – EMA) was once the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES), but they didn’t care too much for that name some 6 years ago. So, they changed it to Cal-EMA. Now, the newest Governor want’s to prove that there is more to a name than the function (and that he was right the first time) they provide. On July 1st, 2013, Cal-EMA went back to Cal-OES. What kind of changes this will bring is unknown at this time, but what we do know is that taxpayers money is being wasted.
Changing names is typically left for the corporate giants who have lot’s of profits to spend. New letterhead, business cards, publications, website changes, and much more have to be updated with the new Cal-OES name and that costs thousands upon thousands of dollars. In a time when California is struggling to find dollars and keep their programs afloat, it seems that using money to actually perform emergency services would be a smart investment – like giving grants to schools to update their plans and run drills. Instead, let’s get to the printing press – we have logo’s to change.